Russian TV bosses are "punished" after showing Putin's New Year's news with his head half cut off – despite insisting that it was a technical glitch rather than a political protest
- The Kaliningrad-based TV station blamed a "technical glitch" for the broadcast
- It showed Putin's annual speech with half the president's head out of action
- The address from the Kremlin corresponds to the status of the Queen's speech
- Red-faced TV bosses launched an investigation and vowed to "punish" those responsible
Russian TV bosses are said to be "punished" after Vladimir Putin cut off his head during a broadcast of the President's New Year's message.
The Kaliningrad-based station blamed a "technical glitch" rather than a political protest for the embarrassing scandal.
Only the lower half of Putin's head was visible when he delivered his longest New Year's message from the Kremlin.
The President's address is traditionally broadcast a few minutes before midnight in each of Russia's eleven time zones and corresponds to the message for the Queen's Christmas Day in Great Britain.
The editors of Kaskad TV recognized the mistake and canceled the show on both TV and the Internet and replaced it with music.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's head was cut off by Kaliningrad-based broadcaster Kaskad TV
Stunned residents posted photos of the president's botched broadcast on social media
The annual presidential address (left and right) is traditionally broadcast a few minutes before midnight in each of Russia's eleven time zones and has a status similar to that of the Queen's Christmas message in Great Britain
A screenshot of Putin's address from the Kremlin on New Year's Eve
"Problems with the picture during the broadcast of Vladimir Putin's New Year's address were caused by a technical defect in the broadcasting room," said the station's red-faced bosses.
& # 39; An investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Anyone who is guilty will be punished. The Kaskas Media Group sincerely apologizes to the audience. & # 39;
In the statement, Putin was neither apologized nor specified the punishments to be imposed.
These "culprits" were not named.
A few minutes earlier, a New Year's message from the regional governor Anton Alikhanov was shown without mishap.
Due to its location on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad is the last Russian region that Putin's address hears an hour after Moscow.
Putin used the broadcast to complain about the difficulties of Covid-19, but also to urge the Russians to believe in themselves.
He noted that "not all of us are sitting at the New Year's table" because the coronavirus has caused deaths and illness, but praised the work of the doctors and emergency services.
On New Year's Eve, citizens hit a fireworks display in Manezhnaya Square in Moscow
Thousands flocked to the streets of Moscow on New Year's Eve to see the fireworks
Fireworks will be fired over Red Square in Moscow in early 2021
Putin said: "It is true, the new dangerous virus has changed and turned the usual way of living, working and studying, and it has forced many plans to be overhauled and changed. But our world is so big that the trials of life are inevitable. & # 39;
He told the Russians, “The new dangerous virus has changed and turned the usual way of life, work and study upside down, and it has forced many plans to be revised and changed.
"But our world is so big that the trials of life are inevitable."
He said: “Today it is especially important to believe in ourselves, not to withdraw in the face of difficulties, and to maintain our unity, as this is the basis for our future mutual success.
"I am sure we will overcome everything together, restore and maintain normal life and continue to solve tasks that Russia is facing."
His New Year's broadcast lasted six minutes, a record for him, but shorter than his predecessor Boris Yeltsin's famous message that ushered in the year 2000 and announced that former KGB spy Putin was the new incumbent president.
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